I'd lost count but a Citizen article the other day has the tally -- we could have as many as six federal byelections this fall. A general election may not be in the offing, but six byelections across the country will be pretty darned close.
There are three ridings in
Harper’s lobbyist ex-campaign director, John Reynolds, “speculates” on timing:
September is a likely choice for three seats inThey say byelections are always a referendum on the government, and these ones will be interesting on a number of fronts as a test of how the Deceivin’ Steven’s government is playing on the West coast, where they’ve lost ground in past elections, in Toronto where they’d like to make gains, particularly with ethnic voters, and in Quebec, where they’ve been shoveling money off the back of a truck.
. November is a good bet for two seats in Quebec Torontoand one in . Vancouver
The dates are up to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, but Reynolds said those scenarios would avoid conflicts with other events, such as the Oct. 10
provincial election. Ontario
For the Liberals, it’s a chance to seize some momentum and start building towards a general, not to mention getting Bob Rae (Toronto-Centre) and Martha Hall Findlay (Willowdale) into the HoC, as well as a former provincial environment minister in Joyce Murray (Quadra).
The NDP has big hopes for
The BQ needs to hold its ground and Gilles Duceppe needs to redeem himself from his leaving, not leaving tomfoolery.
And the Conservatives need to show the public is behind them if they’re to keep the moral authority to govern.
So, big stakes for everyone. Think of it as a dry-run for the next campaign.
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